Alessia Cara on struggling with hair loss: 'I didn’t want people to look at me'

Alessia Cara isn't afraid to speak her mind on experiences she goes through as a young woman, so it comes as no surprise that the Canadian singer is sharing a very personal struggle she faced in her teen years. In a new interview with Glamour, Alessia revealed details about her biggest beauty battle – hair loss.

TAP FOR GALLERY The Juno winner admits that she has struggled with hair loss.

"I didn’t want people to look at me, I didn’t want people to get too close," said the 20-year-old. Alessia reveals that at a young age she started straightening her hair in an attempt to "look like everyone else" after receiving comments about her hair being "so frizzy."

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It was during her freshman year of high school when she noticed something wasn't right. "I started losing my hair in chunks in the shower," she said, adding, "It was one of the scariest things. It got to the point where it was visibly gone."

The Juno winner told the publication that she became self-conscious when "people would point out" patches of her missing hair. "I just kept thinking, ‘Why am I so young and having to deal with this?"

Since then, the singer has managed to overcome her insecurities and is now a powerful advocate for positive body and beauty images. She hopes that her new song "Scars To Your Beautiful," off her debut album Know-it-All, inspires women to love their flaws. "I want it to reach different types of women. The girl I am talking about, it’s me, it’s you – it’s every girl who has struggled with feeling not good enough. I want to talk about all the different extremes that girls go through to feel beautiful."

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